SING WITH THE MVE
in 2021

 

In many ways, 2020 was not a good year, including for people who love to sing. Midwest Vocal Express stopped rehearsing in person, converting instead to a virtual rehearsal format using Zoom.

After much research and review of guidelines and guidance from health and singing organizations, starting Monday, January 18, we will begin using an in-person and Zoom hybrid format for our rehearsal.

The rules for participation are very strict (see below) and non-negotiable. Participation in the in-person format of rehearsal is strictly voluntary.

Those who would like to participate in the in-person format of rehearsal can join us at 7:00pm at Elm Grove Lutheran School, 945 Terrace Dr, Elm Grove, WI 53122.

Those who would like to participate in the Zoom format of rehearsal should use the Contact Us form on this website or on our Facebook page to get the link to the Zoom meeting.

Rather than singing along to learning tracks, we will broadcast the sound from the live rehearsal. Our director, via Zoom, will offer corrections and coach all participants, those live and on Zoom, to improve the music being made.

Rehearsal will be limited to one hour.

The RULES

  • Take your temperature shortly before leaving for the church.  If it is even slightly above normal - do not attend in person.

  • If you have any of the symptoms, or even a light cough that you think is something else - do not attend in person.

  • If you have been exposed to anyone testing positive, do not attend in person until two weeks have passed since exposure.

  • Arrive no earlier than 6:50. Please warm up your voice on your own prior to rehearsal. There will be a brief warm-up period to finish warming up our voices and our ears, but you should start warming up around 6:30 so you are ready to go and help maximize the use of the rehearsal time.

  • Rehearsal will run 7:00-8:00 to limit exposure.

  • Masks will be worn at all times and by everyone on premises.  Unfortunately, this includes those who have suffered through the disease.

  • The tiles on the floor are 1 foot squares.  This makes it easy to check out distance in all directions.  Minimum 6 foot distance at all times will be maintained, preferably more.  If you feel safer at a greater distance, please do so. The room has a capacity for 300 allowing for plenty of distance between singers.

  • All are invited to sing live, but there will be no intimidation toward doing so. This is a terrible disease and everybody has their own relationship with it.  We will respect that.

  • At 8:00, we will be required to wipe down surfaces.  Please bring some antiseptic wipes to make sure we have that covered.

If you like to sing, males of all ages are invited to visit Midwest Vocal Express male a cappella chorus rehearsal. There are no experience or music reading requirements.  Guests will be invited to join in singing harmony with the chorus and begin the process to become a member at your own pace. 

The chorus meets at 7:00 pm every Monday night. Prospective members are welcome at every rehearsal.

What is the Midwest Vocal Express?

The Midwest Vocal Express chorus is an all-male performance choir in the Milwaukee area.  We are an affiliate chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an organization of over 30,000 people of all ages, from all walks of life, who love to sing a cappella harmony. If you love to sing, we encourage you to attend one of our rehearsals on Monday nights.

 

 

 

What is Barbershop music?

Barbershop is a musical style based on 4-part a Capella harmony, based in the US and has a rich and exciting history. Barbershop is always sung by single voice groups in four parts, named after the male voices who traditionally sing them: tenor, lead, baritone, & bass.

 

Who is eligible for membership in the Midwest Vocal Express?

Anyone who is interested in singing! The membership includes men of all ages, coming from all over southern Wisconsin, and from a wide variety of careers.  We look for men with a passion for performing, a desire to sing challenging music, and a commitment to perfecting your best sound and visual elements possible.

 

Where do you perform?

Members of the Midwest Vocal Express chorus regularly enjoy competing in regional and international contests, performing at shows, community venues, and altruistic/charity performances (ex: VA hospital, Ronald McDonald House), and singing the national anthem for major sports teams.

 

 

What will my first rehearsal look like?

We ask all interested guests to do a voice placement for the correct singing part (i.e. tenor, bass, etc.), then join in and sing during rehearsal with the chorus with a provided guest music book.  You’ll get to warm up, sing songs from our repertoire, and meet new people.

Interested in Joining the MVE?

 

Fill out the form.
Be sure to include your phone number.

 

Someone from Membership WILL call you.

 
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